The key to losing weight as a busy mom is to keep it short and simple. If something is easy and fast to do, you are much more likely to stick with it. Here are some ways to lose weight that fit this mold.
1) Fast Circuit Workouts
Believe it or not, you do not have to spend hours in the gym to get in shape. A simple 20 minute circuit workout, done three times a week will work wonders.
The key is to stick to basic compound exercises. These are exercises that work multiple muscle groups like squats which work your quads, hamstrings and glutes all in one movement.
There are hundreds of efficient workouts that you can learn on YouTube, but if you want to make it even easier, choose a gym that offers circuits. Gyms like Planet Fitness and even 24 Hour Fitness will often have short workouts already lined up for you. All you have to do is just show up.
2) Counting Your Calories
If you want to lose weight, it comes down to calories in versus calories out. You need to burn more than you eat and you might be surprised at just how many calories you are taking in. This is where calorie counting comes in.
Start counting your calories and make sure that you are eating less than you are burning. 500 calories is the perfect deficit to shoot for, because it allows you to lose one pound a week. That might seem like a minor amount to lose in a week, but more severe diets are harder to stick with. Slow and steady will get you there.
To make things easier on yourself, download any one of the many free calorie counting apps.
3) Intermittent Fasting
If you find it difficult to limit your calories, fasting might be the key. Sounds odd, but for some it works.
With intermittent fasting, you do not eat for a set period in a day. It might be 16 hours or it might be 20 hours with part of that time being when you sleep. The other 4 to 8 hours a day, you can eat regularly.
The benefit to this approach is that you still get to have some regular sized meals by stacking your calories up at the end of the day. That will allow you to maintain a caloric deficit while still being satiated by at least one meal a day. The psychological impact of that can be huge, plus being fuller at night may help you sleep.
4) Incorporate Non Exercise Activity
For some, exercise will never be any fun. If you fall into this group, consider adding some non exercise activity into the mix.
Non exercise activity could be anything from walking around the outlet mall to parking further out in the lot. Little bits of extra exercise that you get without formally doing a workout. A bit here and a bit there can really add up to a lot of calories burned and pounds lost.
5) Make Little Changes
By now, you should realize just how important little changes can be and you might be surprised at just how many opportunities you have.
Let’s take parking further out at a parking lot. If that extra walk in and walk out allows you to burn just 10 calories, that is over 3600 calories in a year or just over a pound of weight.
Do you eat fast foot for lunch? Just get the sandwich and skip the fries or sub in a salad with fat free dressing. That could be a couple hundred calories a day or almost two pounds a month.
By stacking these small changes, you can make a real impact on your body and your health, over time.
Wrapping It All Up
As you can see, losing weight may not be as difficult as you think. You just need to change your approach and realize that small changes over time can really add up. Granted, weight is not everything as long as you are happy and healthy. That being said, over 70 percent of the country is considered over weight and being overweight is a major contributor to heart disease. If you want to be a mommy for some time to come, it should be addressed.